In early voting Sunday for the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, Alicia Vikander won supporting actress honors as a humanoid robot in "Ex Machina" and Michael Shannon won the supporting actor award as a ruthless real estate operator in "99 Homes."
Kristen Stewart was runner-up for supporting actress for "Clouds of Sils Maria," and Mark Rylance was the supporting actor runner-up for "Bridge of Spies."
The critics' group named "Amy," which chronicles the troubled life of the late singer Amy Winehouse, as the top documentary. "The Look of Silence" was the runner-up in the category.
John Seale won the cinematography award, and Colin Gibson won for production design, both for "Mad Max: Fury Road." Edward Lachman was the runner-up in cinematography for "Carol," and Judy Becker was the runner-up in production design for "Carol."
Hank Corwin won the top editing award for "The Big Short," and Margaret Sixel was named runner-up for "Mad Max: Fury Road."
Carter Burwell was honored for his music scores for "Anomalisa" and "Carol." Veteran Ennio Morricone earned runner-up honors for "The Hateful Eight."
The critics have broken for lunch and will vote later on more awards including picture, director, lead actor and lead actress.
The LAFCA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have rarely seen eye to eye on their top choices. Last year, the Los Angeles critics named "Boyhood" best film but the Oscar went to "Birdman." The last time the two agreed was 2009's "The Hurt Locker."
Oscar-winning editor Anne V. Coates ("Lawrence of Arabia") was previously announced as the recipient of the group's career achievement award.